ABC of Reading (New Directions Paperbook) by Ezra Pound PDF

By Ezra Pound

ISBN-10: 0811218937

ISBN-13: 9780811218931

Ezra Pound’s vintage booklet in regards to the that means of literature, with a brand new creation via Michael Dirda.

This vital paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic thought. it's a primer for the reader who desires to retain an lively, severe brain and develop into more and more delicate to the sweetness and idea of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute power and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with indicates meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” presents an illuminating essay for a person meaning to learn and write poetry. ABC of analyzing monitors Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.

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Criticism and interpretation. 6. Lawrence, D. H. —Criticism and interpretation. I. Title. S. Eliot ASG After Strange Gods. London: Faber & Faber, 1934. AWL The Annotated Waste Land with Eliot’s Contemporary Prose. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. , ed. S. Eliot. London: Faber & Faber 1967. S. Eliot. London: Faber & Faber, 1969. EAM Essays Ancient and Modern. London: Faber & Faber, 1936. FLA For Lancelot Andrewes. London: Faber & Faber, 1928. ICS The Idea of a Christian Society. London: Faber & Faber, 1939.

Anxiety as a defence against possible trauma dominated Eliot from 1914 onwards. In poems of 1914 and 1915 such as “The Love Song of Saint Sebastian” then “The Death of St Narcissus” he referred back to a Decadent idea of sadomasochism to understand the rise then overflowing of international tensions in Europe, however this also represented retreat into a literary erotic fantasy. Eliot’s anxiety re-emerged after the war, accumulating up to the outbreak of the following World War. For him remembrance of war was an unpredictable strategy for avoiding its repetition; instead he advocated “forgetting” through religious transcendence.

Dennis Welland notes in his critical study of Owen that “a reliable guide to war poetry could be written in terms of changes in poetic attitudes to death”. Bergonzi lists the range from the uninformed acceptance of Rupert Brooke to Sassoon’s angry rejection and Owen’s burning pity. When Owen and Sassoon described the death of a soldier it became suffused in rhetoric, for instance in the concluding part of “Counterattack”: “Bleeding to death. The counter-attack had failed”. Criticising the commanding officers’ ineptitude, this part was tagged onto the preceding description of the battle scene composed while Sassoon was at the front.

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